Ex Men: Stoke City

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by Oscar Chamberlain

safc.com profiles three of the 49 players to play for both the Black Cats and the Potters.

Dave Watson

1973 FA Cup winner Dave Watson made 209 appearances for Sunderland between 1970 and 1975.

A steely central defender, Watson joined the Black Cats from Rotherham United after previously enjoying a spell with Notts County.

Watson left Sunderland for Manchester City in June 1975 with Jeff Clarke moving in the other direction.

Spells with Southampton and Werder Bremen would then follow before a move to Stoke City materialised in June 1982 at the twilight of his career.

Watson made 59 league appearances for the Potters before moving to Canada with Vancouver Whitecaps.

A spell with Derby County followed before a return to Notts County where he would finish professional playing career in 1985.

Steve Bould

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Steve Bould progressed through the Potters’ youth ranks to make 211 first-team appearances in a seven-year stay at the Victoria Ground.

Bould left the Potteries for North London in 1988 and would go on to make 372 appearances for Arsenal.

The Gunners won three Premier League titles in Bould’s time at Highbury as well as two FA Cup’s, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a League Cup.

Bould joined Sunderland towards the end of his career in 1999 and made 23 appearances for the Black Cats before retiring in 2000.

Since retirement, Bould returned to Arsenal and coached at youth level before taking over from Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager at the Emirates Stadium.

Jody Craddock

Jody Craddock joined Sunderland from Cambridge United on the day the Stadium of Light was officially opened.

The Redditch-born defender had spent for years at Cambridge and impressed in the lower leagues, prompting the Black Cats to pay £300,000 for his services.

In six seasons on Wearside, four of which were in the top-flight, Jody made 168 appearances and scored five goals.

Jody moved to Wolves in 2003 and spent 11 seasons at Molineux, making 237 first-team appearances.

It was during Craddock’s time with Wolves that he enjoyed a brief spell with Stoke City, making four appearances in a loan spell in August 2007.